Sunday, May 29, 2011
Peeps on Parade Day
Sarge is sponsoring a Peeps on Parade event where bloggers are to tell a little bit about their humans. If you would like to join in on the fun, just visit Sarge's blog and read the details.
Many of you know that we often refer to one of our peeps as The Momster. Of course we truly mean that to be a fun nickname for her. Mom is wonderful to us and we all love her very much even if she would only let us share one photo.
Both Mom and Dad were born and raised in Massachusetts. Mom lived in Springfield, MA for many, many years and has fond memories of her childhood and young adulthood there. Dad was born in Northampton, MA and lived in Hatfield, MA until he and Mom got married in - yikes - 1971!!!! Forty year anniversary this summer. They were blessed with three beautiful and wonderful children who in turn have given them six delightful grandchildren. They have lived in Kansas on two separate occasions, once in the late 1980s and then a return in 1999 with a 9 year span in between spent in Connecticut. They both love the Midwest but miss the ocean and fresh tasty fish.
Mom spent many years as a teacher of French and mathematics at both the high school and middle school levels. She also has 10 years of work in the compliance area of a couple of life insurance companies. She gave up her teaching career in 2004 to help with the care of the first grandchild. Then as time went by, the number of little ones here during the week grew from one to three to four to five of the six kiddos. #6 lives in California and so we only get to see him a few times a year. She does enjoy her time with the little ones and is happy to be able to help out. But she still manages to find time for all of us. She loves to read, crochet, and play in the garden, but she never seems to have enough time for any of those hobbies these days.
We tried and tried to get her to pose with us since we do so much posing for her. But the best we could do was to search the house for a photo to share. Here is what we found:
This is the Momster a hundred years ago when she was about 2 or 3 visiting Stanley Park in Westfield, MA with her family.
Now as for Dad, he is about as shy as Mr. Phantom. He really didn't want us to talk about him here, but we are pretending we didn't hear him. HE is the reason WE are members of this family. Mom never really wanted a "husky" but got Dakota for Dad when he was having some very bad eye problems and had gotten very depressed.
Here he is hiding behind one of our human sisters back on the day when Dakota first came home(ignore the date on the photo, it was really October 1997). He was so surprised with his present and loved sweet Dakota dearly. The rest of the story is history as Phantom came along 15 months later, then Thunder, and now Ciara. We all have to thank Dakota for changing Mom's mind about Siberian huskies. Thank dogness for that.
Dad has spent most of his career in insurance. He has worked in several different areas of the business and is now winding down many years in the Executive Life area. We keep hearing him talk about retiring - this has been going on for a couple of years now, but he says this IS the year. He too enjoys reading, although his eyes continue to be problems and prevent him from reading as much as he would like. But he is also a huge movie buff. He HAS to have his Saturday fix at the movies every week or he feels cheated. He likes all kinds of films, but his favorite are drama, science fiction, vampire, and some comedy. Mom doesn't really like the science fiction and vampire stuff, but she is a good sport and always goes along for the ride - she says it is one good way to catch a quick nap:)
So that's a little bit about our peeps. We know there is lots more we could say, but at least this is a start.
Sending you all wishes for a wonderful weekend.
Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara